Four England players make the select XI after a tournament that saw many of the world’s best players produce sparkling performances
The Most Valuable Team of the Tournament was announced after England’s victory over Pakistan in the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup at MCG on Sunday.
Four England players make the select XI after a tournament that saw many of the world’s best players produce sparkling performances.
Two players from Pakistan and two from India also make the team, with South Africa, Zimbabwe and New Zealand all represented.
Alex Hales – England
England’s returning opener Alex Hales played two magnificent knocks in the tournament, including an unbeaten 86 from 47 deliveries in the semi-final against India, and also finished as England’s second-highest run-scorer in this T20 World Cup. The top-order batter amassed 212 runs during the course of the event, at an outstanding average and strike rate of 42.40 and 147.22 respectively.
Jos Buttler – England
The England skipper took some time to get going but he played a big part in his team’s winning campaign in the end, producing two match-winning knocks, first against New Zealand in the Super 12 and then against India in the semi-final. Buttler played a 47-ball 73 against the Kiwis and followed it up with an unbeaten 80 from 49 deliveries against India. He also finished as England’s highest run-scorer in the tournament, with 225 runs at an average of 45 and strike-rate of 144.23.
Virat Kohli – India
The India batter produced a major tournament by finishing as the highest run-scorer in the tournament. He scored 296 runs with an average of 98.66. The star batter hit four fifties and scored 82 against Pakistan in Super 12.
Suryakumar Yadav – India
India’s Suryakumar Yadav had a great outing just like Kohli, with 239 to his name at a strike rate of 189.68.
Glenn Phillips – New Zealand
Glenn Phillips played a huge role in taking his team to the semi-finals with a century to his name in the tournament. The batter scored 201 runs with an average of 40.20 and a strike rate of 158.26.
Sikandar Raza – Zimbabwe
The veteran all-rounder shined in both bat and ball in the tournament by being Zimbabwe’s highest run-scorer. He amassed 219 runs at a strike rate of 147.97 and added 10 wickets to his name at an economy rate of 6.50.
Shadab Khan – Pakistan
Pakistan’s all-rounder nailed throughout the tournament with 98 runs coming at a strike rate of 168.96. Shadab took 11 wickets at an average of 15 with his economy rate of 6.34 which kept things tight for the team through middle overs.
Sam Curran – England
Englishmen Sam Curran became the Player of the Match in the final and Player of the Tournament. He has 13 wickets to his name in the tournament with an economy rate of 6.52.
Shaheen Shah Afridi – Pakistan
Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi started the tournament strong after his knee injury but the setback in the final sent him back to the pavilion and he failed to bowl his final two overs.
Shaheen helped the team when it needed him the most by dismissing Finn Allen in the opening over in the semi-final against New Zealand and Alex Hales in the first over of the final.
Mark Wood – England
England’s pacer Mark Wood’s injury forced him to miss the two main matches — the semi-final and the final. However, he already made a mark in the tournament by bowling at a speed of 150kph and dismissing good players. The player took nine wickets.
Anrich Nortje – South Africa
South Africa’s Anrich Nortje’s pace bowling caused players to face issues throughout the Super 12 stage. He has 11 wickets to his name with an economy of 5.37.
Source: Cricket Pakistan
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